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David Graham's 
History of the Graham Family (1899)
Slaves of James Graham, Sr.

 
 
[ History of the Graham Family ]
[ Cover page ]
Preface
Grahams are Scotch Irish
From Scotland to Virginia
John Graham's Will
John Graham's Children
Anne, daughter of John Graham, Sr.
[ The descendants of Lanty Kincaid ]
[ Betsy, daughter of John Graham, Sr. ]
Florence Graham married
House of James Graham, Sr., at Lowell
Early settlement of Lowell
[ The descendants of Samuel and James Guinn ]
[ Other Early Settlers ]
James and Florence Graham's Family
Joseph and Rebecca Graham
Joseph and Rebecca Graham's children
More concerning early settlement of Lowell
Elizabeth Graham captured by the Indians
Col. Graham rescues Elizabeth from Indians
Elizabeth Stodghill, nee Graham
Civil jurisdiction of Lowell
James Graham's estate
John Graham, Joseph's brother
Robert Graham of Fort Chiswell
Michael Graham's family
Slaves of James Graham, Sr.
Clayton's balloon ascension
In addition to the land and other property donated by James Graham, Sr., to his children, he also gave to each one or more negro slaves.

To his descendants (for whom this book is especially written) it may not be uninteresting to know the names of the slaves and to whom they were given, especially to the younger generation, to whom may have been handed down the names of slaves owned by their immediate ancestors, without the accompanying information of from whence they came. To such it is hoped that a very brief sketch of his slaves and to whom, they descended will be fully pardonable and even appreciated.

To his son, William, he gave a negro man named Bob, who died while in his (William’s) possession.

To his son, David, was given a negro man named Neese, and also a negro woman, whose [115] name was Phillis. David also owned several other slaves.

A negro man named Plim was given to his son, James, Jr., at whose death he fell to his widow, who kept him till she moved west in 1827, when he was sold to James Jarrett of Muddy Creek. Jarrett was a brother of the widow.

To his son, Samuel, was given a negro man named Caesar, who remained in the family until about the year 1836, when he was sold, the widow of Samuel having about that time moved to Tennessee. Caesar spent the remainder of his days at Union, Monroe county.

To the youngest son, Lanty, descended a negro named Ben, who, at the moving away to the west of Lanty’s widow in 1841, passed into the hands of Joel Stodghil1, as did also the negress, Phillas, who belonged to David. Ben and Phillis were man and wife, after the manner of such relations as existed among slaves.

To Elizabeth Stodghill, his oldest daughter, he gave a negro servant whose name cannot now be recalled.

[116] To his second daughter, Jane Jarrett, he gave a negro names Rose. Rose lived a a very old age and died in the Jarrett family about 1850 to 1860.

To his third daughter, Rebecca, descended a negress named Dianna, which name was always abbreviated to “Dine”.  “Dine” lived to see slavery abolished and died only a few years ago.

His fourth daughter, Florence Taylor, fell heir to a negro woman named Clara, who, when Florence moved to Indiana, was sold to Peter Miller of Monroe county.

After thus providing for his children by giving each a slave as named, there were other slaves disposed of at his death.

There are a few names in these pages that are spelled different, but are intended for the same names, viz: Ann, Anne and Anna, and Elizabeth, Bettie and Betsy. if you will notice in John Graham, Sr.’s will, in these pages, his wife was named Elizabeth, his daughter’s name was Betty. In said will he bequeathed some legacies to his [117] daughter, Florence, and in the same will he gave some property to his daughter, Flora. Of course, Florence and Flora was the same person. To illustrate, in my early manhood days, a Mr. S. courted a Miss Patsy S., and when her father gave a certificate to the Clerk to issue license for his daughter Martha to marry James S., James S. said that was not the girl he courted, it was Miss Patsy he wanted.